Amphibian (Eyewitness Books Series)

Overview

Frogs, toads, newts, salamanders, and the rare caecilians come in a stunning array of colors, shapes, sizes and habitats. They live both in water and on land and move in a great variety of ways from swimming, to hopping and even flying. With a series of specially commissioned photographs, Amphibian looks in close-up at the fascinating natural history of these creatures from the bright green, red-eyed tree frogs to dull, burrowing, worm-like caecilians; from startling black and yellow fire salamanders to tiny ...
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Overview

Frogs, toads, newts, salamanders, and the rare caecilians come in a stunning array of colors, shapes, sizes and habitats. They live both in water and on land and move in a great variety of ways from swimming, to hopping and even flying. With a series of specially commissioned photographs, Amphibian looks in close-up at the fascinating natural history of these creatures from the bright green, red-eyed tree frogs to dull, burrowing, worm-like caecilians; from startling black and yellow fire salamanders to tiny transparent glass frogs

Examines the evolution, behavior, physical characteristics, and life cycle of all kinds of amphibians.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The world's amphibians, salamanders, frogs, and toads are explained in great detail in this edition of the "Eyewitness" series. Children will be able to read and gain facts galore in this intensely-illustrated text. The up-close photographs are clearly detailed and brightly illustrated and true to life. Are there differences between toads and frogs? Even though they are the most easily-recognized amphibians, they are difficult to distinguish because some features used to differentiate the two are not consistent. Basically, frogs are more active, tend to be found in or near water, and have webbed feet while toads have short legs, warty skin, prefer to live on land, and are less active. However, some frogs have little or no webbing on their feet, and do not live near water, and smooth skin is characteristic of some toads. From the cave-dwelling olm to the bright orange color of the golden mantel, amphibians and their history, habitats, and life cycles are displayed in explicit detail in this amazing book. 2005, DK Publishing, Ages 7 to 16.
—Kathy Shelton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756613808
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: DK Eyewitness Books Series
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 245,695
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 11.38 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

What is an amphibian? 6
Ancient amphibians 8
The bare bones 10
The importance of water 12
Colors and markings 14
Self-defense 16
Fast food 18
Hide and seek 20
Senses and survival 22
Leaps and bounds 24
All fingers and toes 30
Mating embraces 32
Courtship displays 34
Egg laying and parental care 36
Metamorphosis 38
Early days 40
Frog or toad? 42
Tailed amphibians 46
Life in the trees 50
Earth movers 54
Poison-dart frogs and mantellas 56
Friends and enemies 58
Rare and endangered 60
Conservation 62
Index 64
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